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Peter King thinks Hue Jackson keeps his job

Hue Jackson Sashi Brown
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Nobody knows exactly how the Browns season (and subsequent offseason) will shake out. It’s Hot Seat season in the NFL as we hit the halfway point. Everyone is trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing.

Hue Jackson has a horrendous record with the Cleveland Browns, and whether or not he keeps his job depends on the size of the asterisk that Jimmy Haslam is willing to put next to it. If Haslam thinks Jackson has been significantly hampered by the rebuild he will likely give him more time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King talked to Haslam before the season and based on Haslam’s tune at that time and King’s sense of the environment, he thinks Jackson will be able to keep his job. He said so on the latest Pardon My Take podcast.

Peter King thinks that Hue Jackson is going to keep his job. He’s not so sure about Sashi Brown.

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I tend to agree with King. Even as Hue Jackson’s record and the anecdotal evidence despite the record indicates he’s not doing a great job, the Browns will err on the side of caution and not blowing it up this time around. We’ve known for quite some time that the ultimate price for firing Rob Chudzinski after just one year, and Mike Pettine after two, would likely be the next guy keeping his job for at least three seasons, regardless of performance. Hue Jackson might be that beneficiary.

King’s not so sure about Sashi Brown, however. Despite the man having 17 prior trades under his watch, having a deadline disaster on his resume is apparently too much. Maybe this is King’s “football guy” bias showing. If you can make the case for continuity — regardless of record — for Hue Jackson, you can make it for Sashi Brown as well. If I’m applying a logical filter to Peter King’s statements, I have a tough time justifying just one pink slip. It’s either two or none based on everything we’ve seen.

If I was voting on what I want to see the Browns do right now, I would say they need to add people. I’d like to see an offensive coordinator and a strong front office presence added to the mix. I’d like to see the team further the existing script and punch it up rather than scrap it altogether.

  • Judge and Jury

    Fire Hue Jackson (I can give 50 reasons why). Give a raise and extend the talented Front Office and give Gregg Williams a raise and extend him also. Don’t get me started on Wentz/Watson. That has more to do with Ray Farmer and Hue J than the FO. The FO has done very well as has Gregg Williams. But please … Fire Hue J. The LA Rams are a perfect reason to add to why Hue J must be fired.

  • Chris

    Welcome to the exclusive WFNY Commentariat, Sashi.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • tigersbrowns2

    … and please , DO NOT PEE ON THE PLAN !

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi J&J … hard to put it all on Hue … all you need to do is look at what McVay has to work with , then look at what Hue has to work … you think McVay would be kicking ass here in Cleveland with hardly any offensive skill players ?

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  • NOPER

    I hate that I could agree with the continuity argument for keeping the FO. I may think they’re completely unqualified but if I’m going to make it for Hue I’ll accept it for them. Uhg I need a shower.

  • Sam Gold
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  • Steve

    “Maybe this is King’s “football guy” bias showing.”

    King’s “who gives me access” bias is always showing.

  • Dave

    I don’t understand! With his team well on its way to a perfect season (after coming so close last year), why would the Browns organization be remotely considering getting rid of him?

  • Casual_Kenny_Reigns

    Yes! Perfect seasons are mythical and after coming so close last year, I know we can do it this year!

  • Skulb

    Yes, but McVay has almost exactly the same personnel to work with as the eternally useless Jeff Fischer did the year before. Jackson has far worse results than his predecessors with arguably better talent. Do you think for one second that Sean McVay would be 1-24 in Cleveland now if he had been the coach instead of Hue Jackson?

  • Skulb

    Is this the plan?

  • Skulb

    One of the obvious flaws with this argument is that the Browns have been drafting at the top of the draft somewhere continuously for decades. Yet it never seems to help them get better in any way. It’s actually weird, like the Pats always being good despite drafting last every year is weird. The Browns are like the Bermuda Triangle of the football world. Talent goes in and is never seen again. It is very mysterious!

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  • Natedawg86

    I for one am not in favor of him keeping his job. He is clueless on basic football game management, sucks at developing and evaluating QBs (if he had anything to do with McCarron trade, fire him know) which is supposed to be his forte. Sorry Hue don’t believe we can win in CLE. Hue gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY

  • jpftribe

    It’s working!

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